THE LONG STORY (THOSE WHO LIKE TO READ :) :)
(BRING ON THE FEAR EP - 2020)
"After my 2017 "SET ME FREE EP" I was doing a lot of shows/opening slots and getting into more of the recording side which lead me to a year and half experience with producing,mixing and writing the 4th installment. I progressed and learned so much through that time through books, videos and interviews about mixing and with some upgrades to my home studio. The songs I always knew would be apart of the same CD double EP had to be similar but still new and exciting vs I Am Ready CD (2013). I teamed up with few of my favorites to work with from Lester Estelle (kelly clarkson) - Brian Craddock and Brandon Maclin from Daughtry for some studio work. I had self produced a single or two before but always working with producers and mixers on my main EP"s, this really made me step up and think about the whole process a lot more. This is more gritty and heavier than the "I AM Ready" release. No reason for it, just led me in that direction with the love of heavy rock. With my wide variety of influences, I did somethin more constant. "
Set Me Free EP (2017)
Inspired from the studio work on the previous single Break These Chains, Frank dove into mixing and producing the rest of the songs on "Set Me Free EP.” Mastered by Brad Blackwood (Three Days Grace, Korn) and Robert Venable (Twenty One Pilots, Megadeth). The single won two Akademia Music Awards, finalist in the the Unsigned Only Finalist, and Artist of the Year award from RadioWagman with two brand new music videos debuting on VEVO. It also aired on local NY's Time Warner Cable TV commercial and Local NY TV performances on Fox23 News, News Channel 13 (NY), LookTV, Plattsburgh Studio B TV, Crandall Library, and Prospect School/Center of Disabilities Telethon. Local newspaper features: The Albany Times Union, Saratoga Spotlight News, The Chronicle, The Poststar, Metroland locally winning of the "BEST IN THE REGION" awards for (Best Acoustic Solo).
Break These Chains (Single) (2015)
All of the live shows, songwriting, demo material, producing for local artists, voice overs, and acting kept Palangi busy. "One day a fan of mine messaged me and said “hey I got VIP tickets for a special 60 person acoustic performance by Daughtry, do you want to go?” I thought it would so cool to meet and see another one of my influences live. Chris Daughtry toured with Day Of Fire in the beginning of his career, and I handed a CD to Chris [Daughtry] like I had done to Josh Brown but it was his guitarist Brian Craddock who had been standing in the alley waiting for his limo as I went over and struck up a conversation. He mentioned he produced at the Cat Room Recording Studio and would listen. Feeling like I went full circle, I had that same feeling and reaction when he messaged shortly after, and I felt blessed to be planning out the 1st single “Break These Chains” that he produced.”
I Am Ready EP (2013)
The follow up EP, I Am Ready, was produced by Rob Coates (David Archuleta , Rich Redmond, Mark Wills), and received an LA Music Awards Nomination and coverage in Guitar World Magazine, Revolver Magazine, Front page on Music Now Magazine, Young Celebrity News, Middle TN Music and other publications. "I remember emailing Coates after hearing his work seeing what he'd think about us working together. It was different from the first recording experience in that I was recording parts myself and working digitally back and forth instead of being in person. It's amazin’ how all of these people on the project can work together without ever meeting. Working with musicians from the band "Pillar” — drummer Lester Estelle (Kelly Clarkson), guitarist Noah Henson (Brantley Gilbert), and others was another experience where it pushed me to learn and adapt quickly."
(Frank Palangi EP 2010)
In the start of 2010, fate crossed paths at a local nightclub (Upstate Concert Hall). Frank ran into Grammy Nominated singer Josh Brown (Day Of Fire, Full Devil Jacket) on tour. "I was a bit nervous handing my demo over to Josh, being he is one of my biggest influences. I remember him walking by the merch table and me standing there with my dad, and turning around and him saying ‘did you need somethin?". Josh heard the raw potential and drive Frank showed and then caught the ear of his Nashville producer, Rogers Masson (Vintage Trouble, Marylin Manson). After receiving a surprising phone call three days later, plans were well on their way for Palangi to travel to Nashville TN to record his 1st five song EP (Self Titled, 2011) in the music mecca. Masson states, “This is the baddest rhythm section in the land (Day Of Fire), and along with the vocal guidance from Josh Brown, Frank’s songs are going to turn out amazing."
Frank says, "The first EP was a blessing working with all the members of the band, and Rogers pushing me to see the industry side at work. I felt a platform to stand on and drove me to pursue new opportunities from breaking into national shows, press, steady gigs, internet and local radio play."
Additional self-produced projects — Every Rose Has It's Thorn (Acoustic) (2019) Escape from NY Theme (2019), Halloween Theme (2018), Terminator Theme (2018), Purple Haze (2018), Frank Palangi EP acoustic (2017), I Am Ready EP acoustic (2017) — Hope (2014) — drummer Michael McManus (Saving Abel, 12 Stones, Scott Stapp) — with mastering engineers Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant, Foo Fighters), Reuben Cohen (Rob Zombie, Snoop Dogg)
Palangi has been featured Top 10 charts on station shows including Rock Rage Radio, Cygnus Radio, Crim Radio, Dead To Self Radio, Radio Wigwam, Indie Star Radio, Boston Rock Radio, Loney Oak Radio, Maximum Threshold Radio and many other rock internet radio shows.
BEST OF THE BEST Daily Gazette 2019 Runnerup
UK Radio Wigwam Best Male Artist 2018
2015/2016/2018 Akademia Music Awards Winner
Unsigned Only Semi-Finalist 2015
2015 Best Local Solo Musician - Metroland
2013 L.A Music Awards Rock Single Nominee
2011/2012 Best in the Region - Post Star
"I have no plan b in backing down on my dreams."
Bring On The Fear EP (2020)
Set Me Free EP (2017)
Break These Chains (Single) (2015)
I Am Ready EP (2013)
Frank Palangi EP (2011)
Metallica, Megadeth, Ozzy, Creed, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Drowning Pool, Day of Fire, Fuel, Daughtry, 3 Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin, Goo Goo Dolls, Rev Thory, Shinedown, Full Devil Jacket, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Hinder, Hoobastank, Led Zeppelin, Powerman 5k, Johnny Cash and film composers like John Carpenter, Brad Fiedel.
An indie rock recording artist is freshly homegrown in Upstate New York who pures the fuel on the genre that refuses to die. Whether it's raw acoustic or full driving electric guitar, the presence is a feeding frenzy with gravelly, deep n gritty, vibrato vocals. Leaving it all on the stage with no looking back, his positive outlook is from his upbringing taught him that one doesn't give up no matter however long it takes. Finding music from the age of 13, he taught himself guitar, bass, drums, recording, mixing with a rounded style that tips the hat on the past 30 year evolution of the 80s & 90s rock & post grunge movement mixed with a taste of heavy metal."I was a shy kid with health issues growing up and music helped shape my mind to think before you leap. I wasn't going for the typical drinking, partying, smashing hotel rooms lol as the rocker lifestyle is believed to be. I could be something different in that element to stand out positivity." -FP
2020 marks a new COVID unknown path in the music industry but ever so determined Palangi is still accomplishing goals as he says "I had no plan in backing down on my dreams", marks his life's mission statement. Seeing the start of Youtube and the rise of social platforms, it changed the field of how to get music out and Frank worked on being on top that game. If things took longer than expected, then it's meant to be he believes, but still with having an admirable stubbornness to his tenacity of not giving up. The big choke in the music business is that you think you'll become an over night success fast, that's not the case. He saw the business side mixed with the passion, relentless work, rejection, and a bit of extra faith.
"Palangi’s positivity extends beyond his music into the way he interacts with his fans. " — Guitar World.
Frank's debut self distribution release started with the 2011's "Frank Palangi EP" featuring the single I'm Waiting from music mecca Nashville, TN. After traveling around from TN, VA, NY with self funded releases including I Am Ready EP (Recieving an LA Music Award single Nomination), Hope (Single), Set Me Free EP, Bring On The Fear EP. Influenced by bands from the 80's (Metallica, Ozzy, Def Leppard, Megadeth), 90's (Creed, Godsmack, 3 Doors Down, Drowing Pool), 2000's (Daughtry, Three Days Grace, Shinedown, Hinder)
"Frank’s natural talent and certifies that he can write songs that compete with the big boys of rock." — Jamsphere Magazine.
10 years since his debut EP, he's had the good fortune to work with industry producers (Brian Craddock, Rob Coates, Rogers Masson, Robert Venable) and band members from Daughtry, Hole, Saving Abel, Pillar, Kelly Clarkson , Day Of Fire. With Palangi's dedication & determination, his energetic live performances steadily grew his fanbase with online social media support, he has opened in the north east for national artists 3 Doors Down, Red Sun Rising, Buckcherry, Candlebox, Aaron Lewis (Staind), Starset, Kip Winger, Jack Russell's Great White, Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf), FUEL / Marcy Playground, TRAPT with Smile Empty Soul / Candlelight Red / Veer Union, Powerman 5000 with HEDPE, Stars Go Dim, Young Guns, HURT, Jess Malin (D-Generation), and indie acts Moriah Formica (The Voice), Madison Vendenburg (American Idol) IM5, Spiritual Rez, Prospect Hill, Bad Axis, Hindenberg, Sirsy, Deluka, Silversyde along with winning slots in Upstate NY with the Rocknderby Festival featuring Megedeth, Shinedown, Dokken, Like A Storm, Coheed and Cambria and The Uproar Festival featuring Alice in Chains/Jane’s Addiction.
"Frank is an amazing young artist with a very clear and focused direction... Frank knows who he is! A killer singer and guitar player, Frank Palangi is an artist to watch out for!" — Brian Craddock (Daughtry)
His music ability is ever expanding with teaching guitar lessons, recording & mixing artists plus session work, interview host and a bit of his other passion film making/acting/voice over on the side. "All of these are great positive creative outlets to keep myself motivated and nowadays doing music for a living you need to branch out."